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Children's LiteratureNot relying on the "tried and true" symbols of Christmas as the frame work for this alphabet book, the author has given us the nativity story literally from "A is for the Angel who first shared the news." to "zzz's from the baby asleep in the hay." "T is for travelers who followed the light." allows the reader/listener to make the leap to "T is for Three Kings" as the illustration clearly shows them traveling, following "the Star shinning bright in the night." The text reads aloud well and has captured the essence of the season with great warmth without being overly sentimental. The unusually colorful illustrations are bordered with patterns of dots, stars, and swirls which give the book a sense of movement and celebration. In almost folk art-like renderings, Bryan-Hunt has created an especially appealing setting for O'Neal's lovely Christmas journey through the alphabet. The back matter includes instructions/suggestions for a Christmas tree skirt, personalized Christmas Stockings, home-made gift tags, and mantel blocks to tell the nativity story. 2005, Augsburg Fortress, Ages 2 to 8.